THE RECOMBINATORY PROCESS
In order to properly analyze and modify the studied species, a process diagram was to be made to set rules and codes as to how the recombination is to occur. Taking the four test subjects (pufferfish, stonefish, electric eel, and siphonophore) and breaking them down to their primary characteristics allowed to individualize them as unique creatures in a set of data grouping. Then these characteristics were mixed and matched with the different species with a similar ability. For example, whether the fish had a puffing or an undulating body movement. Once these traits were recombined, a new result was made with new abilities and a new appearance. This process later became the method of design.
APPLYING THE PROCESS TO ARCHITECTURE
The process of extracting elements of nature and combining them to components of architecture led to a hybrid of two worlds where the architecture becomes anything but static. This encouraged the idea of having breathing spaces which allowed floor slabs to droop and expand. Inspired by the pufferfish’s ability to self inflate, these inflating spaces provide access to multiple levels, causing a more undulating, diverse circulation for visitors.
FLOOR PLANS
Inspired by the meandering, undulating movements of the eel and how people can mimic this in circulation, the exterior form was designed to be just as sinuous. The curved spaces, both vertically and horizontally, called for careful placement of program to reveal or preserve spaces to the public and private crowds. The housing units, off to the sides, remain hidden from the primary corridors that lead individuals from exhibits to research centers to the docks leading out to the river walk.
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